Spanish Language and Society 3 (advanced)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Maria Lourdes Hernandez Martin PEL. 6.01d and Ms Mercedes Coca PEL. 6.01i


Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.


Completion of the Spanish Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) course (LN122); or a good pass at A Level or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

Advanced of the Spanish language through themes related to Spanish speaking societies within the framework of social sciences and culture. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and studio-based multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


40 hours of classes in the MT. 40 hours of classes in the LT. 4 hours of classes in the ST.

This course has reading weeks in week 6 of Michaelmas and Lent terms.

Four hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials. It is possible that this year some of the teaching may be delivered via virtual classes.

Formative coursework

The students will be required to complete weekly language exercises

Indicative reading

  • USO de la gramática española: avanzado, Francisca Castro, editorial Edelsa (más clave con respuestas);
  • E Galeano, Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina, 1988;
  • H Graham & J Labanyi (Eds), Spanish Cultural Studies, OUP 1995;
  • J Hooper, Los Nuevos Españoles, 1996;
  • Carlos Fuentes, El Espejo Enterrado, Taurus Bolsillo, 1998
  • Edwin Williamson, The Penguin History Of Latin America: New Edition. 2009
  • Giles Tremlett, España Ante Sus Fantasmas, Siglo XXI 2006.

Students will be advised to buy any relevant materials at the beginning of the course.


Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (40%) in the MT and LT.

Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning.  This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels.  To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.

Student performance results

(2017/18 - 2019/20 combined)

Classification % of students
First 38.5
2:1 50
2:2 7.7
Third 3.8
Fail 0

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2019/20: 18

Average class size 2019/20: 7

Capped 2019/20: Yes (32)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication